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St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 9, 2013

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Arrindell on delay Census 2011

St. Maarten – In a press release MP Gracita Arrindell stated her concern about the overdue delay in the release of Census 2011 statistical information to the community. “This information is also very valuable for planning purposes for both public

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 8, 2013

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“System is built on more taxes and a 30 million deficit” Tuitt coins Theonomics

St. Maarten – The United People’s party is “very active and vocal, and spreading doom, “Finance Minister Roland Tuitt said yesterday morning at his first press conference of the year. Taking aim at UP-leader Theo Heyliger, the minister announ

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 8, 2013

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World Resources Institute highlights Marine Park: Coral reefs valued at close to $58 million

St. Maarten - The establishment of the Man of War Shoal Marine Park through the combination of economic and scientific research has been highlighted as one of the few examples of success in the Caribbean Region, according to a report from the World R

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 8, 2013

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Cft gives negative advice on 2013 draft budget: Government wants to increase tax compliance by 10 percent

St. Maarten – The board for financial supervision Cft has given the government of St. Maarten a negative advice on its draft 2013 budget, Finance Minister Roland Tuitt said at a press conference yesterday. However, this advice was given before the

Editorial - Posted by on January 8, 2013

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Editorial: Tight corner

Financially the country remains in a tight corner, or so it appears from the frank information Finance Minister Roland Tuitt gave during his press conference yesterday. The financial supervisor Cft has given a negative advice on the draft 2013 budget

Opinion - Posted by on January 8, 2013

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Opinion: Allah

Allah has become a brand and not everybody is thrilled about the idea. Teun Castelein, a 32-year old artist from Amsterdam is the subject of anger among Islamic organizations after he submitted the name Allah as a brand at the Benelux Trademark Burea

Opinion - Posted by on January 8, 2013

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Letter: Contract abuse

Is the use of the 6-month contract really being abused? If yes, by whom? But most importantly, if yes, how do we, immediately, eliminate such abuse? Before we can continue we must first understand what a contract really is, which is quite simple: A c

Opinion - Posted by on January 8, 2013

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Opinion: Rule of thumb

Standup comedians are constantly exploring the limits of their territory. What is funny and what is not? A good rule of thumb is this one: everything is funny as long as it happens to somebody else. The master of politically incorrect jokes is wit

Opinion - Posted by on January 8, 2013

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Opinion: Theo

Ai ai ai: the leader of the United People’s party will now go down in history as the politician who founded Theonomics, a rather brilliant term Finance Minister Roland Tuitt dreamt up during the Christmas holidays. Theonomics now stands for budg

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 8, 2013

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Amfo-funding ends: NGO’s on the ropes

St. Maarten – Without continued financing from the Antillean co-financing organization Amfo – or from alternative sources – the majority of the sixteen NGO-projects in St. Maarten would have to reduce their current activities to 30 percent. “

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 8, 2013

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Grabowski presents Luther King lecture

St. Maarten – Eugene Grabowski will present the 26th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. lecture next week Tuesday at the Philipsburg Jubilee Library under the title “St. Martin culture from an American perspective. The Conscious Lyrics Foundation

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 8, 2013

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Pensioners received cost of living adjustment

St. Maarten – The cost of living adjustment has been paid at the end of last year to pensioners, Finance Minister Roland Tuitt said yesterday. For employees at the Coast Guard, the payment hinges on a technical detail. The ministry needs to reach a

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 8, 2013

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St. Maarten number plate law almost ready

St. Maarten – The number plate legislation will go to the Council of Advice this week and it should be ready for approval by the parliament by the end of this month, Finance Minister Roland Tuitt said yesterday. The legislation is designed to final

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 8, 2013

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Preparations underway to meet Dutch senators

St. Maarten – The preparations are well under way for the public to meet with members of the Dutch First Chamber of Parliament who will be on the island this Thursday to meet the public at an open event. “I am very pleased,” said President o

Opinion - Posted by on January 8, 2013

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Letter: A New Dawn

2012 will always be remembered and considered a year of trials, loss and knowledge gained. Nevertheless, I embrace 2013 with a stronghold, positivity and gratitude to be a part of it, giving me the opportunity to take all learnt to better my personal

French St. Martin News - Posted by on January 8, 2013

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Letter: CPA on the scene for 2013

We have been observing and assessing the mentality and attitude of the government institutions which includes the parliament of St. Maarten since 10-10-10. It is unfortunately sad that we have to inform you that our parliament still does not understa

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 4, 2013

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Pantophlet allows three more lottery licenses

St. Maarten – Economic Affairs Minister Romeo Pantophlet has lifted the moratorium on lottery-businesses that was in place since October 2005. Currently there are four license holders for such businesses; the ministry will now allow three additiona

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 4, 2013

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Dutch senators visit next week

St. Maarten – Next week Thursday a seven-strong delegation of the Dutch First Chamber will pay a working visit to St. Maarten. The delegation, headed by the chair of the senate’s committee for Kingdom Relations Marijke Linthorst, arrives late in

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 4, 2013

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IND-Director Aron: “Business as usual at the airport” Controversy over border control

St. Maarten / By Hilbert Haar – Is the border management system at the airport functioning or not? That is the big question, after Udo Aron, the director of the Immigration and Naturalization service IND told this newspaper that it is “business

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 4, 2013

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Christian Radich returns after half an century

St. Maarten - The Caribbean Sail Training Association announced yesterday that the visiting tall ship Christian Radich will be open to the public tomorrow from 10.00 a.m. until 4.00 p.m. This marks the ships return to St. Maarten after more than half

Uncategorized - Posted by on January 4, 2013

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Dijsselbloem: ‘Dutch state will make a loss’

THE HAGUE – The Netherlands will this year make a loss on the billions of Euro’s lent to banks to bail them out of the financial crisis, according to Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem. The minister made the comments at a New Year reception

Uncategorized - Posted by on January 4, 2013

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Earthquake below sea in Curacao

WILLEMSTAD – A 3.7 earthquake hit the sea Wednesday in Curacao. At about 11 PM, the earthquake took place below the bottom of the sea. This tremor was felt in some sections of the island. Data received from the Fundacion Venezolana de Investigac

Editorial - Posted by on January 4, 2013

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Editorial: Business as usual?

While IND-director Udo Aron told this newspaper that it is business as usual at the airport as far as immigration controls is concerned, other sources are less sure that this is indeed the case. If it is indeed true that travelers are able to enter a

Uncategorized - Posted by on January 4, 2013

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‘No cure no pay’ deal may break law

THE HAGUE – Rabobank may be breaking the new law covering fees for financial products by offering a ‘no cure no pay’ deal for its advice, the financial services watchdog AFM told website nu.nl. Since January 1, financial service firms have b

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 4, 2013

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New born left behind

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao – A new-born baby was found alive in a plastic bag in front of the Adventist Church Montaña Abou yesterday morning. The police was notified around 10.53 a.m. by the person who found the baby. Preliminary investigation indicates

Opinion, St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 4, 2013

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Opinion: National police

The Netherlands has something new: the national police. After endless political debate and fierce resistance, the national police came into being on the first day of the New Year. The country has now one police force with one Chief Commissioner - a s

Opinion - Posted by on January 4, 2013

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Opinion: Slavery continues

Renate van der Zee published a column in the Dutch daily Trouw about a subject that is close to our heart. The subject is ignored and even ridiculed by politicians and decision makers in St. Maarten: the exploitation of women in the prostitution busi

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 4, 2013

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Deadline study financing application is January 15

St. Maarten (DCOMM)—The Study Financing Division of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports will extend the submission period of the study financing application forms for this school year until January 15. After the deadline no new app

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 4, 2013

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Less cash in circulation

St. Maarten - The basic amount of banknotes and coins in circulation and the current account assets from the commercial banks with the Central Bank of Curaçao and St. Maarten decreased in November of last year with 110.8 million guilders. This is du

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 4, 2013

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Oasis Games wants to grow

St. Maarten – Up to 80 people were participating in the Oasis Games which took place in Dutch Quarter. Young and old came together to make a long-term contribution to their community, as well to other communities on the island. Under the slogan,

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 4, 2013

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Meyers-Olivacce expresses concerns about St. Maarten’s airport status

St. Maarten - “It has been brought to my attention that the Curacao Civil Aviation authorities do not have any money to complete the process of upgrading the airport safety rating from category 2 to category 1, a previous status that the Princess J

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 4, 2013

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Economic Affairs published Macro Monitor 2012: Smaartmodel projected 5% economic growth

St. Maarten – The Ministry of Economic Affairs predicted in its Macro Monitor that the local economy would grow by a sturdy 5 percent in 2012. This is in sharp contrast with a report from the Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten: at the beginnin

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 4, 2013

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Two accident victims pass away

St. Maarten – Rosario Dongo and Renillio Halley both succumbed to injuries they sustained during two separate traffic accidents, the police reported. Dongo, was involved in a motor cycle accident on Bishop Hill Road on November 23 of last year,

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 4, 2013

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Aruban organ builder wins million in national lottery

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao — The one-million of the New Year’s draw from the State Lottery went to Aruba with winning number 23415. Interim-director Dudley Lucia happened to hear an interview with winner Buchi on the radio. “He’s been using the same

St. Maarten News - Posted by on January 4, 2013

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Position Pieters subject of discussion

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao — The minister plenipotentiary of Curacao in The Hague does not fall under the same rules as the one for ministers, former formateur Glenn Camelia says in response to the discussion about Roderick Pieters. He is not a resident o

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